Before you begin, get the items you will need for the telephone page from the materials post.
You Will Need: (in addition to the materials list)
- small safety pin
- matching thread
- your normal sewing gear, glue stick, iron and removable fabric marker
- Telephone Pattern Pieces
- Dial Pad Printable Template (optional)
Before we begin/Important Notes:
- Print out the pattern piece pdf on letter size (8.5″ x 11″) or A4 paper. Important: Do not select “fit to page” when printing, make sure you print at the original size. Once you have printed the pages, measure the 1″ test square to ensure the pattern is the correct size.
- Print out the dial pad number printable. It is set to print in a 4″x6″ page, so it is easily printable on a larger sheet. Be sure to follow the directions for flipping or not-flipping the image before you print it. Also, be sure to print only the colour of dial pad that you want. I have included white, blue, pink and yellow. You can easily do this by only printing the page with the colour you’d like to use.
- When you are sewing this book it is good to remember that some of the edges will be covered after the book is completed and sewn together. 1/2″ on the top edge of your page and 3/4″ on each side edge will not show in the final project.
- Remember to use your iron liberally when you are sewing this book. It is going to be a work of art when you are done! Since it is thick and some of the pages will not be iron-able once you are finished with them it is advisable to take all of the care you can to remove wrinkles so they are not accidentally permanent in your final book.
- Cut out 2 outer receivers, 1 outer phone base, and 1 fusible web phone base using the pattern pieces above. When cutting the phone base, it is helpful to layer the fabric and fusible web so you can cut them both at the same time.
- Interface your background fabric and remove the hard plastic from one end of the curly shoelace.
- Center the outer phone base (with fusible web underneath) 1 1/2″ up from the bottom of your background fabric. Place aprox. 1″ of one end of the curly shoelace (without the hard plastic) between the fusible web and the background – near the bottom of the phone base’s right side. Fuse the web according to your manufacturer’s directions, catching the end of the shoelace with the webbing.
- Cut the hook side of your velcro to the same width as the space between the receiver hooks on the phone base. Use a glue stick to temporarily adhere it to the background.
- Use a zig-zag/satin stitch to stitch around the phone base, double-stitching over the area where the curly shoelace goes under the phone. Also stitch around the hook side of the velcro.
- Adhere the loop side of the Velcro to the centre of one receiver, on the right side of the fabric. Stitch around it as you did with the hook Velcro.
- Draw a stitching line 3/8″ in around the entire receiver. Leave a 1 1/2″ space along the straight edge under the bottom of the receiver. Also leave a 1/4″ space on the right side of the velcro outer, under the mouthpiece. (I did this backwards in the photo.) This will be where we will insert the other end of the curly shoelace. Layer the receiver fabric with right sides together and place in the centre of your batting (if using). Pin around the edge.
- Stitch around the receiver stitching line, leaving the two spaces open.
- Trim the seam allowance to 1/8″ or so except where the openings are. Use pinking shears when trimming OR trim then clip all curves.
- Turn the receiver right side out. Folding the seam allowances to the inside along the openings. Stuff the receiver if you did not use batting. If you did use batting you can stuff extra batting into the receiver if you want it to be stiffer. Insert the other end of the curly shoelace into the small opening in the mouthpiece and pin both openings closed.
- Stitch the opening in the receiver handle shut using a needle and thread and a ladder (or other invisible) stitch. Stitch the smaller opening closed with your machine to secure the cord.
- Iron your dial pad printout to a small piece of white fabric as per the manufacturer’s directions. Or create your own dial pad with fabric markers. Place it in the center of the phone body and adhere it temporarily with a glue stick.
- Stitch around the edges and use the tick marks (from the template) on the top and left side to stitch straight lines through the dial pad to make the buttons.
- Fold the 3 1/2″ matching ribbon tab in half and use the small safety pin to attach it to your page so it does not get lost.
All done, stash it with your other quiet book pages and we’ll be back soon with another one! (P.S. Share your page using these ideas!)
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